Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert look as if they’re having a blast presenting Seven Deadly Sins to a guffawing audience! Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are explored through a thread of rather bizarre characters and scenes. The … Continue reading →
The fraught relationship between Marlene Dietrich and her daughter, Maria Riva, is under the spotlight in Miss Dietrich Regrets. Fiona Ramsay plays sultry-voiced Dietrich in the final years of her life. She is bed-ridden, painkiller-dependent and addicted to alcohol. Her … Continue reading →
It had been a while since I had been to the ballet— or taken my daughter, Eva Rose (6) to see a ballet concert. Knowing her love for classical music, I thought that this favourite by Tchaikovsky would be the perfect one … Continue reading →
Wena Mamela, the extraordinarily clever work from dancer-choreographer Mamela Nyamza, currently showing at Dance Umbrella, is a pun on multiple levels – verbal, visual, emotional and not least, spiritual. It is, of course, a play on her name (Mamela means … Continue reading →
by DaniellaRenzon It’s been a fairly short walk to fame for Philip Phillips who seems to have only just stepped off the American Idols stage to being in South Africa now and preparing to open for the popular international group … Continue reading →
by Daniella Renzon So here they are, one of Ireland’s most famous pop rock bands, sitting right in front of me in the Sandton offices of 94.7 Highveld Radio’s swivel red and white chairs. Just for the crowd, I imagine, … Continue reading →
The Chic Jozi team was fortunate enough to be invited somewhere very special for our 2014-year end function. This heavenly place is a secret gem so we’re putting the word out there. Hands On Retreat nestled in Craighall is a … Continue reading →
I was loathe to see this production simply because I can’t stand to see horses get hurt in wars that people started. This is precisely why I avoided watching the acclaimed film by Steven Spielberg, despite it’s accolades. Yet, there … Continue reading →
American playwright, Neil Labute’s play, “BASH” is a trilogy of three short pieces: “Iphegenia in Orem”, “A Gaggle of Saints” and “Medea Redux”. Labute’s work was originally entitled “BASH: Latterday Plays”. He was “disfellowshipped” from the Mormon Church following the … Continue reading →
Maud slowly seems to be losing her mind and we’re privy to this process through her inner prose, which forms the narrative of this book. It’s horrifying to bear witness to this woman’s life. She’s more or less dependent on … Continue reading →
This dazzling show has to be seen to be believed. Fusing urban dance, acrobatics and contemporary circus arts taken to a new level, this is a thrilling night out for the whole family. Having performed in more than 440 cities … Continue reading →
John Kani’s latest play is a pertinent portrayal of the disillusionment following life in exile. The story is a human, family drama with social commentary woven into the tale.
South African, Robert Khalipa (played by Kani), has been living in exile in Stockholm with his Swedish wife and daughter for over 30 years. Since Mandela’s release in 1990, he’s been waiting to be called back to South Africa – his homeland – to be part of the ANC-led government. He sees this as an entitlement after the sacrifices he made in fighting for liberation. However, as Robert begins to realise that his dream may never become a reality, what ensues is an intense unfolding of betrayal, back-stabbing, bitterness and family tension. Continue reading →
Graham Hopkins and Vanessa Cooke play Kemp and Grace in an amusing tale at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square.
Kemp is a troubled, self-centred soul with a deeply cynical take on life. He rushes from his job as a Banker to visit his dying Aunt Grace, to be with her in her last days. What unfolds is an absurd and hilarious encounter as Kemp tries to deal with his aunt’s ensuing death. Days turn into months, which turn into a year. Kemp occupies his time by planning his aunt’s funeral, spying on the neighbours, and inventing various mechanisms by which he can “do Aunt Grace in”. As he quips at one point, “I’m concerned about your health these past few days, it seems to be improving.”
Kemp and Aunt Grace are ultimately two lonely individuals desperate for companionship. There are unexpected twists and turns, and the hilarity and mocking are countered by some tenderness and poignancy.
I just loved the set design by Julia Anastaspoulos. Clever props and accessories create an eccentric setting. The play is directed by Christopher Weare who, in 2012, was awarded the Fleur Du Cap Lifetime Achievement Award for “his remarkable contribution to the theatre industry”.
“A-Tisket, A-Tasket”, “I Love Paris”, “Mack the Knife”… Cat Sings Ella takes the audience on a virtual tour through the life of Ella Fitzgerald.
The lovely Cat Simoni – with her velvety voice – takes the part of Ella. With Cat at the piano, she is joined by Paul Spence, who plays the role of a journalist for The New York Times. Together, they tell the story of Ella – from her humble beginnings and early Harlem days, to her big break with Chick Webb’s band in the 1930s, and her European tours.
Cat peppers the storyline with Ella’s songs, turning this into an enchanting, foot-tapping revue.
This fabulous show was on at The Auto and General Theatre on the Square.